Forum on Public Art and Democracy
September 26-27: Forum on Public Art and Democracy
What makes a space public? How can public art instigate public discourse? How can artists and designers working within constraints create more meaningful public spaces? Internationally renowned artist Suzanne Lacy joins local artists, architects, designers, and scholars for an evening keynote address on September 26 in Macy’s Skyroom (700 Nicollet Mall), followed by a full day of panels at the University of Minnesota, and a performance of Daak: Call to Action by the Ananya Dance Theatre.
Jack Becker is founder and Director of Forecast Public Art.
Nancy Ann Coyne is a photographer and public artist, and creator of the newly installed Speaking of Home skyway project in downtown Minneapolis.
Gail Dubrow is the Dean of the Graduate School at the U of MN and a public historian.
Thomas Fisher is a professor and Dean of the College of Design (U of MN).
Marlina Gonzalez is artistic director of Intermedia Arts and co-coordinator for the UnConvention.
Wing Young Huie is an award-winning photographer who has created several remarkable public art projects.
Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos are prominent Twin Cities architects (VJAA) who are working on a book on skyways.
Margaret Kohn teaches political science at the University of Toronto and is the author of Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privatization of Public Space (Routledge, 2004).
Sonja Kuftinec is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the U of MN. She is currently finishing a book on community theater and political process in the Balkans and the Middle East.
Kristine Miller is a professor in the College of Design at the U of MN. She is the author of Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York’s Public Spaces (Routledge, 2007).
Eiko Otake is a member of the Center for Creative Research and part of the dance performance duo Eiko & Koma.
George Slade is a curator of photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Andréa Stanislav is a professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on an upcoming video and sculptural installation - Holiday Inn Dubai, to be filmed on location in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dara Strolovitch is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the U of MN. She is the author of Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics.
Ann Waltner is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of History (U of MN).